Summer Reading Challenge 2020

We know many of you LOVE to complete the Middlesbrough Libraries Summer Reading challenges! We usually give out LOTS of certificates for this in September and we would LOVE to see even more take part this year! This year’s theme is all about fun, happiness and just being a bit, well, silly! We think we ALL need a good healthy dose of laughter right now!

The Summer Reading Challenge is a free reading for pleasure programme designed for children between the ages of 4 and 11. The theme for the Challenge is “Silly Squad”- a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter, featuring bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson.

Usually, the Challenge takes place in libraries across the country. This year, with the disruption caused by COVID-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the all-new digital Summer Reading Challenge is launching digitally in Middlesbrough on Saturday 18th July.

The website is free to access and a place for children to rate and review their books and work towards their reading goal. It will also feature video content, games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. www.sillysquad.co.uk or www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk

It’s free, local and inclusive

◾The Summer Reading Challenge is inclusive of all primary school aged children and all stages of reading development

◾It’s free to take part – families can sign up by visiting the Summer Reading Challenge website and can access e-books and audio books for free via their local library service until the libraries open fully. Middlesbrough Libraries offers free access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks 24/7 from Borrowbox. If you have an Android smartphone, iPhone, iPad, or tablet computer, simply download the app to your device, enter your Middlesbrough library card membership number and PIN, and away you go. Don’t have your pin then email digital_library@middlesbrough.gov.uk to request it.

◾Children set a personal reading goal at the beginning of their Challenge and receive digital incentives along the way when they log their books on the website to encourage them. There’s a digital certificate for everyone who finishes the Challenge

◾We understand that not all families will have access to digital, which is why the traditional physical packs will be available with grab bags of books in hubs and libraries when they reopen over the summer holidays.

Keep up the reading over the summer holidays! It has so, so many benefits, including on children’s mental health and well-being which has never been more important than now!